photo credit: Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed

photo credit: Lauren Zaser for BuzzFeed

#facingtheissues, Allison Isaacson

I’ve never really liked New Year’s resolutions. Over 50% of Americans make New Year’s resolutions annually and only 8% actually keep them throughout the year. That is WONDERFUL for that 8%, but as history shows, I am usually not in that 8%. People break their resolutions so quickly that January 17th has officially been deemed “Ditch New Year’s Resolutions Day.” If you’re still keeping up with your resolution, congratulations! You are ahead of the curve.

People with resolutions have such good intentions. It’s a shame to see resolutioners get discouraged and feel bad about themselves after they can no longer maintain 8 hours of sleep every night, the Paleo diet, or their rigorous exercise plans. Instead of focusing on what we don’t accomplish in 2015, I propose we celebrate what we DO accomplish this year.

Every person has different mountains to climb, but every step that means something to you should be recognized.

Buzzfeed recently posted an article on how to make “Rememberlutions Jars” (you should read it!). Rememberlutions Jars are exactly what they sound like. You take a jar (Mason, pasta sauce, whatever) and decorate it to represent YOU! Decorate with motivational quotes, a simple pattern, a hula skirt and a seashell bra, or a mustache. Every time you accomplish something you are proud of in 2015, write it down on a piece of paper and put it in the jar.

As a Patient Navigator at Children’s National Medical Center, I see so much that adolescents and young adults should be proud of. For some, swallowing pills is difficult, and conquering that challenge should go in the jar. I wholeheartedly expect to see “Completed my 3rd round of chemo” and “Increased the motion in my knee to 80 degrees” in jars around our unit. Since a lot of my patients are teenagers, I also expect to see “Got second place at my basketball tournament” and “Accepted to my first-choice college.” Every person has different mountains to climb, but every step that means something to you should be recognized. So, go ahead, put it in the jar, and at the end of 2015 you will be able to look back on an amazing year and all of the milestones you surpassed, big or small.